Reynolds American Inc., which makes Camel cigarettes, will no longer allow smoking in its offices, conference rooms, and elevators beginning next year, the AP reports, because apparently it's bad for you or something. "We're just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you're seeing in society today," a spokesperson insisted, meaning e-cigs and chewing tobacco will still be allowed. The North Carolina–based company will also build designated indoor smoking rooms, because this is America, goddammit.
Young women shouldn't be on juries, says Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, because "they just don't get it." Young women also shouldn't bother voting, she added, because their opinions are bad and wrong, and only older people who have evolved into cranky conservatives should be allowed to participate in democracy.
Ahead of tonight's mostly meaningless New York gubernatorial debate, the political surrogates are doing anything they can to make the race between Andrew Cuomo and whatshisface anywhere close to interesting. "Andrew Cuomo won't debate Rob Astorino on TV one-on-one," says Vincent Pastore, best known for playing Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on The Sopranos, in a YouTube video eagerly highlighted by the Republican campaign. "And they call me Big Pussy?" Oh snap.
Though the battle over “#Gamergate,” which can only be described as an amorphous debate on issues ranging from misogyny in the gaming community to “ethics” in gaming journalism, has proliferated across nearly all media platforms, both online and off, most of its intensity and raw anger has been concentrated on Twitter. And that’s not a coincidence. For all that is wonderful about Twitter — and I do love the platform — there are few tools on the internet so conducive to trollery, to allowing a small number of individuals to target and terrorize their "enemies," whether real or imagined.
The slow process of investigating Michael Brown’s death has included long stretches of official silence punctuated with occasional bits of leaked information that seem to bolster one side or the other as we await a grand jury decision. Here’s one for officer Darren Wilson’s version of events: According to experts not directly involved in the case, Brown’s official autopsy, as obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car,” and Brown may have had his hand near Wilson’s gun.
In still more fallout from the disastrous Iraq War, four security guards from the private mercenary force formerly known as Blackwater have been found guilty in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 more. One, Nicholas Slatten, was convicted of first-degree murder, while three others — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard — were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and other gun charges. "The outcome after a summer-long trial and weeks of jury deliberation appeared to stun the defense," the AP reports. The word guilty was repeated 71 times.
Bentley, the adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose owner is Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, tested negative for the virus on Wednesday. His mom is in good condition at a hospital in Bethesda, so hopefully the two will be reunited soon.
Hollywood, fresh out of ideas since the Great Idea Drought of 1980, has been forced to systematically turn to online outlets for fresh content. Tumblrs become movies, Harry Styles fan fiction becomes a best-selling novel, and now? A single Quora thread may become a television show.
Not everyone has fancy lawyers and the FBI at her disposal when her nude photographs are stolen and published, as "fappening" victims Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton do. For the rest of us, there's Leaked Leakers, an "in-progress database of abusers who steal and publicize women's nude photos sent to them in confidence in order to humiliate and threaten them." Can't prove he did it? Doesn't matter. In the Tumblr court of Leaked Leakers, it's guilty until proven innocent. "The courts and the rest of the world is a place where we distrust women, and that is why this space needs to exist," writes its anonymous founder. "In the event that someone comes to us and says they didn’t post someone’s private nude photos, the onus will be on them to provide receipts and references to prove that they did not do it. If we review the facts brought to us and discover that someone submitted them as a form of defamation or slander we will take the post down." So far, only two leakers have been posted, but their faces are both pretty much seared in my mind.
Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: Making sense of the overheated Ebola and Klinghoffer panics.
In the two weeks since the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, Ebola hysteria has taken hold in some corners of the U.S., with school closures, paid leaves, and cruise ship quarantines enacted to protect the populace from dozens of people who did not actually have the disease. So far, only two people we know of have been infected by Ebola on U.S. soil (both were nurses who treated Duncan), public health officials have offered clear and consistent explanations of the minimal risks of contracting the disease, and even Fox News — or, at least, Fox News anchor Shep Smith — has tried to quell the panic. Why are Americans still so worked up about this?